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Driving innovation in the downstream: IRPC returns to New Delhi

Gulf Publishing Company and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to announce that IRPC 2017 will be held April 18–20 in New Delhi.

Adrienne Blume, Hydrocarbon Processing

Gulf Publishing Company and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to announce that IRPC 2017 will be held April 18–20 in New Delhi (Fig. 1). IRPC 2017 will again be supported by Indian Oil Corp. and Petrofed. The event was held in New Delhi in 2013, and drew participation from more than 300 refining and petrochemical professionals from 22 countries and five continents.

FIG. 1. An iconic landmark of India, the Taj Mahal is located in Agra, only a few hours by car or train from New Delhi.
FIG. 1. An iconic landmark of India, the Taj Mahal is located in Agra, only a few hours by car or train from New Delhi.

The 2017 program is assembled by an esteemed advisory board. It covers refining/petrochemical integration, licensing technology, maintenance and reliability (including preventative and predictive maintenance and the Internet of Things), energy policy, heavy oil, emerging technologies, plant design and more.

In today’s increasingly competitive global HPI, managers and engineers are actively seeking information and solutions to make their organizations more efficient and profitable. Over the course of two days at IRPC, attendees will hear from leading executives at top operators and service companies regarding the strategic, technological and operating advancements that can benefit their organization or plant.

Participation at the event provides attendees with a valuable forum in which to take part in the discussions and network with industry leaders and key decision-makers as they explore new solutions and opportunities.

Conference focus

Topics to be discussed at IRPC include:

  • Alternative feedstock fuels
  • Aromatics
  • Biofuels vs. foods
  • Catalyst developments
  • Clean fuels/renewables
  • Emerging technologies
  • Energy efficiency and optimization
  • FCC strategies
  • Feedstock flexibility
  • Gas processing, including small-scale, modular and offshore
  • Gas treatment technologies
  • Heavy oil
  • Maintenance and reliability
  • Market and industry analysis
  • Olefins
  • Operational availability
  • Policy and regulation
  • Polymer developments
  • Refinery/plant economics
  • Planning and optimization best practices
  • Profitability
  • Refining/petrochemical integration
  • Safety
  • Valves: Fuels vs. petrochemicals
  • Water treatment and processing.

Conference history

Founded in 2009, IRPC provides a series of events for the international downstream industry covering technical innovation and exploring both the challenges and opportunities that are found in today’s market.

Participation at IRPC enables attendees to showcase their strategic and technical expertise, as well as technologies, to a global audience via networking with conference delegates and through Hydrocarbon Processing’s media coverage of the conference before, during and after the event.

Conference speakers are global, strategic and technical industry experts, with attendees representing all job functions from across the industry, eager to learn from the wealth of experience and expertise offered by our speaker lineup.

IPRC 2017 agenda

During the first day’s plenary session, speakers will present a global picture of the future of refining and petrochemicals. Operators will share their perspectives on the evolving downstream environment. Specifically, a panel discussion will explore global refining challenges and opportunities faced by operators, and how they are addressing them.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • How to produce fuels more efficiently
  • Processing unconventional crudes from shale oil in refineries without prior experience
  • Taking advantage of periods of reduced demand to schedule more frequent, shorter turnarounds and implement small projects
  • The transition to tighter specifications for gasoline and distillates in Asia
  • How asset integrity programs can be used to reduce unplanned shutdowns and increase time onstream
  • Best practices for supplier contract management, including criteria and strategy for awarding contracts.

After the plenary session and lunch, the conference will split into three tracks with six sessions. Attendees are welcome to attend any session on any track, and may move between tracks and sessions:

  • Track 1
    • Session 1: Bottom of the barrel
    • Session 2: Feedstocks
  • Track 2
    • Session 1: Refining: Maintenance and reliability
    • Session 2: Separation
  • Track 3
    • Session 1: Gas processing: Gas treatment
    • Session 2: Catalysts

All tracks and sessions will be moderated by, and feature speakers from, major national and international oil, gas and technology companies, along with national energy research organizations and academic institutions.

Day 2 of IRPC 2017 will feature keynote presentations before splitting into three tracks with nine sessions. The tracks and sessions featured are:

  • Track 1
    • Session 7: Market analysis/Policy and regulations
    • Session 13: Optimization
    • Session 10: Refining/petrochemical integration
  • Track 2
    • Session 8: Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC)
    • Session 11: Turnarounds and revamps
    • Session 14: Operations
  • Track 3
    • Session 9: LPG/LNG
    • Session 12: Corrosion mitigation
    • Session 15: Small-scale and modular GTL

For more detailed information and updates on the IRPC 2017 agenda, please visit the “Agenda” link at

Plant tour

The day following the conclusion of the conference sessions, attendees are invited to attend a free, exclusive tour of Indian Oil Corp.’s Panipat refinery and petrochemical complex. The tour is sponsored by Indian Oil and will take place on Thursday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Panipat complex (Fig. 2), located near New Delhi in Haryana, is a world-scale refining and petrochemicals facility. It has doubled its refining capacity from 12 MMtpy to 15 MMtpy with the commissioning of an expansion project. The original refinery—Indian Oil’s seventh—was built and commissioned in 1998, with 6 MMtpy of capacity.

Fig. 2. IPRC 2017 attendees will have the opportunity to attend a free tour of Indian  Oil Corp.’s world-scale refining and petrochemicals complex at Panipat.
Fig. 2. IPRC 2017 attendees will have the opportunity to attend a free tour of Indian Oil Corp.’s world-scale refining and petrochemicals complex at Panipat.

To sign up for the tour, attendees should ensure that the “tour” box is checked during the registration process. In addition, attendees must download and return a form that will be sent to them during registration. Please note that, due to high security and lengthy processing times for passes at the refinery gate, registrations received after March 31 will not be accepted.

Conference registration and updates

Visit for more information and agenda updates. For sponsor and exhibit opportunities, speaking opportunities or general inquiries, please contact: Melissa Smith, Event Director, Gulf Publishing Company, by phone at +1 713-520-4475, or by email at

Note on Conference Visas for India

Please note that a valid passport and entry visa is essential for all foreigners visiting India. Those traveling specifically for IRPC should apply for a Conference Visa. A Conference Visa allows tourism, but a Tourist Visa or e-tourist visa does not allow the holder to attend a conference.

Conference Visas cannot be issued “on arrival,” and are only valid for 90 days from the date of issue. Therefore, an application must be made well before the conference, preferably no later than 60 days before the conference dates, but not earlier than 90 days before the conference. Accompanying persons and guests are not entitled to attend the conference sessions, and should apply for a Tourist Visa.

Documents needed for a Conference Visa include the visa application form, an identification letter from your organization/company, and photographs. In addition, you will need a letter from Gulf Publishing Company, the conference organizer. To request a letter from Gulf Publishing Company, please contact Events Director Melissa Smith. You must be registered for the event to request a letter from Gulf Publishing Company. Please visit the “Important Visa Info” link at for more information. HP

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